Wordfest connects Calgarians with life-changing ideas to foster an engaged and dynamic community. We provide audiences with year-round opportunities to experience live interactions with the world's most compelling authors, providing the catalysts for Calgarians to be part of vital conversations about art, culture, identity, diversity and community.

Now in its 23rd year, Wordfest produces an annual reader's  Festival (October 8-14, 2018) and 4-6 events monthly that connect Calgary with the world’s most compelling authors through showcases, readings, poetry and spoken word performances, current event panels, storytelling, workshops, multimedia word-based performances, and in-school presentations. Wordfest's annual attendance exceeded 20,000 in 2017, with half of the audience participating in Wordfest Youth in-school and in-theatre programs for students in grades K-12.


Everett Wilson


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